Is this a slate chick?

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  1. MageofMist

    MageofMist Songster

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    I have a button/painted/king quail chick that hatched moments ago, I thought it was a silver at first but it looks too dark to be a silver. What do you guys think? The parents are two Blue-Faced quail and have Cinnamon, Red Breasted, Caramel and Silver Tuxedo genes in them as I have gotten those morphs from them before.
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  2. black_dove2

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    I know nothing but it's so cute and tiny! I love the photos! Hope you get an answer soon.
     
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  3. DK newbie

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    Slate seems legit. Not sure I've ever seen a slate chick, but it seems likely they'd be a dark silver as chicks since that's what they are as adults :)
     
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  4. MageofMist

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    The baby is super adorable and very demanding in wanting cuddles! :)

    I looked up what slate chicks look like and it looks like a match to me:
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    I swear, my birds have been hit by a radioactive rainbow with all the colours that pop out of their eggs. :lau
     
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    Yeah, it sure seems like it :p They are completely different from mine. Except the random white wing tips, what I see in the parents is what I get in the chicks. I've even resorted to inbreeding now (pairing a dad with an interesting color that none of his chicks show, to his daughter) to get some more colors. You certainly don't have that kind of problems ^^
     
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    My very first batch of eggs that hatched were all blue-faced, male quail, and one of those got paired up with a blue-faced female I brought on Preloved. Coco and Rex.JR have some very interesting genes... XD

    Rex a Pied-winged blue-face and Speckles a red breasted who are Rex.JR's parents, have also had cinnamon and caramel chicks, though no silver tuxedos or slates... But who knows, one may pop out of one of Speckle's eggs in the incubator!

    I also have a somewhat incest group of a male blue-faced caramel with his older sister, a cinnamon red breasted, and female cousins a silver tux and a female blue-faced caramel, to boost the chances of getting more of them. I read that inbreeding isn't too bad as long as you add fresh blood to the genepool every few generations. :p
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    I also have a group of males that are housed together, and I found moving them all to a new enclosure with tons of extra food laying around and then introducing another while they are in neutral territory and kinda confused over what is going on prevents any fighting among them other than the occasional charge, but even those are rare. They are kinda an emergency reserve if something ever happens to my breeder males, and the ones I don't plan on breeding, too thin of a bib or me having plenty of males of that morph already, I sell to the local pet store. I am hoping to provide more rarer and interesting morphs and more high quality morphs that I already offer to the store at some point, and maybe try and focus on egg colours too as I love the blue that the silver tux lays.

    Even though they aren't breeding yet, I still spoil em' with treats like I do with my breeding quail. Got 6 'inactive' males atm, though some of those I do have plans for later on with paring them up.

    For example, I got a nice male Red Breasted with vibrant colours a nice thick white line on his bib, and a female red breasted who has a complete bib instead of a broken one like her mother and sisters, who I plan on pairing up in the near future, to see how their young will look. :)
     
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  7. MageofMist

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    Meet the butt-egg siblings. Both had their eggs stuck to their butts and needed help. XP
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    It is free now. :p

    ... Thought it was a redbreasted, it is a regular tuxedo!
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    I swear, my quail have the craziest genes.
     
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    3rd baby hatched, a double-factor blue-face with wing-tips. ^^
     
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    The 5 babies, another double factored wing-tipped blue-faced and a red breasted hatched! :wee
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